Achille Bigliardi III President
Achille is a retired healthcare executive and has focused his four decade career entirely on high-technology healthcare companies. He has invested in five start-up businesses in the past several years and, in most cases, acted as an advisor to the president. He founded a company that developed alcohol-in-breath testing equipment for law enforcement and emergency rooms. He also founded a company that developed an automated immunochemistry analyzer to eliminate the use of radioactive isotopes in the clinical laboratory. He joined a public high tech company that was at the brink of bankruptcy and was instrumental in the company turnaround; tripling revenues and generating significant profits within seven years. Although, the common description of the companies that Achille joined or founded are ‘HealthCare’. He recently concluded these are ‘SickCare’ companies since they detect illnesses and believes Thrive is a true HealthCare company because its customers are able to enjoy healthy, great tasting gluten-free, dairy-free and organic raw food.
Jennifer Clemens HR Specialist
New to Seattle, Jennifer recently moved from beautiful Denver, CO with her family. She is passionate about health and wellness and happens to have a degree and work experience in Human Resources!! It was a match made in heaven! Born in upstate New York, Jennifer has moved around a lot since graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. She has lived in Alabama, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Florida, Vermont, Maryland, Michigan, Colorado and now Washington! In 2013 she graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and loves all of the amazing people that she meets everyday working at Thrive. She lives on the Eastside of town with her husband, her three children and her furry child – Wrigley.
Karen Colgan Vitality Shop Buyer
Karen is a: Seattle-native, raw-food enthusiast, cancer survivor, and juice fanatic! She is a powerful, strong leader and whenever she is around, her presence is felt ten-fold. With a strong sales and marketing background, Karen founded Aphrodite — a retail, wholesale, and import business — which she owned and operated for 15 years. She subsequently lived in San Francisco and sold fine art in Union Square Galleries until returning back to Seattle in Spring of 2009. As the mother of our founder, Karen was a major part of Monika’s inspiration for starting Thrive.